Character Relationships in Macbeth Flashcards

How is the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth portrayed at the beginning of the play?

At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a close and loving bond. Macbeth affectionately refers to her as “my dearest love,” showcasing their deep connection.

What role does ambition play in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship?

Ambition is a significant part of their relationship. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth desire the throne and are willing to do anything to achieve power, including plotting the murder of King Duncan together.

How does Lady Macbeth influence Macbeth to commit murder?

Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth by questioning his courage and determination, saying she would go to extreme lengths if she had sworn to do so, showcasing her manipulative and ambitious nature.

What happens to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship as the play progresses?

Their relationship deteriorates as the psychological toll of their actions affects them. Lady Macbeth descends into madness due to guilt, and Macbeth becomes trapped by paranoia and fear, leading to their individual downfalls.

How does Banquo react to the witches’ prophecies compared to Macbeth?

Banquo is initially ambitious and hopes the prophecies might benefit him, but he remains loyal to King Duncan. Unlike Macbeth, he doesn’t let the prophecy sway his actions and vows to keep his allegiance clear.

What drives Macduff to confront Macbeth?

After Macbeth orders the brutal murder of Macduff’s family, Macduff’s grief transforms into determination. He resolves to dethrone Macbeth and ultimately kills him, fulfilling the witches’ prophecy.

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